Friday, 14 December, 2018



By Amy Dettmer, Assistant Library Director


Are you traveling somewhere today? Maybe home or to a friend’s house? Want to listen to an audiobook on your mobile device?  There is a free app called Libby (by Overdrive) available in the Play Store and the App Store. You can install the app and then find the Arrowhead System.  You will need to enter your library card number to check out items. Checking out works the same way as with physical copies of books in the library. If there are 3 copies of a book, three people can have it checked out. If all the copies are checked out you can place a hold and when it’s available you receive an email. It really is a slick system! There are over  8,000 audiobooks in the catalog.

Check out some of these titles available as audiobooks through Libby: Black Elk Speaks: Being the Life Story of a Holy Man of the Oglala Sioux by John G. Neihardt. A timeless and inspiring autobiographical account of the great religious and historical vision of an American Indian healer. Black Elk (1863-1950) was a Lakota Sioux Indian with a privileged insight into the great changes taking place among his people in their native land.

Learn in Your Car German Complete. Three levelsto help you learn German. Free Fire by CJ Box. Taking advantage of a legal loophole, a lawyer kills four people in Yellowstone National Park and walks away a free man. As the public outcry intensifies, the governor hires former game warden Joe Pickett to conduct a private investigation.


Bring back those books –and DVDs and CDs that may be hiding under a bed or behind the couch.  As part of the region-wide fine and fee free initiative, the Grand Rapids Library will waive all fines and lost charges on all of our books and other items returned through November 30.  Why are we doing this?  To make sure fines are not keeping people, especially kids and teens, from using the Library.  So return all your items and we will waive the late charges.  Stop at the circulation desk, and we can waive older fines on our items, too, if the items have been returned. 



Upcoming programs

Monday, November 26. At 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. it’s Book Time! Join ECFE teachers in the Story Circle for books, songs, finger plays, flannel board stories, and all other sorts of fun! Then move to the Community Room for a snack, a craft, and a time to play and visit.


Thursday, November 29, 6:00 p.m.: A Guide to Publishing with Kate St. Vincent Vogl. This accomplished author returns to explain the ways in which works can be published, the benefits and challenges writers face during the process, and to make resource recommendations that help writers share their work with the world.


Thursday, December 6, 6:00 p.m.: Holiday Music with Zachary Scot Johnson.

You’ll hear both old and new holiday favorites performed on guitar, keyboard, violin, mandolin, banjo, ukulele, and more! Don’t miss this hour-long, family-friendly musical event that celebrates the spirit of the holiday      season. This project is funded in part or in whole by a grant from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.


Friday, December7, 3:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m.: Teen Anime Club. Watch anime, eat snacks!